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5. Standardisation for Chemical Competence Assessments

Fri 24 Apr 2015 05:45:00 PM EEST

To receive the BICSc Licence to Practice, the CPSS Mandatory Unit Card, every Cleaning Operative should receive a standard of training which would lead them to passing the MU1 Chemical Competence* assessment. However, how the centre delivers the training and prepares the candidate for assessment may depend on a number of factors:-

- the equipment and materials available
- assessment guidance notes
- supporting training materials
- the manufacturer’s instructions
The aim and outcome of this assessment is once a person is deemed competent, the person should have the ability to work safely and efficiently with any chemical product that they are required to use.

Listed below are a number of Do’s and Don’ts when undertaking the MU1 (AA1) Chemical Competence assessment, which should assist the assessor achieving that aim:-

Do’s
- Ensure there is a range of suitable colour coded equipment made available to the candidate before the assessment commences.
- Ensure there is a range of measuring devices, enabling the candidate to measure smaller and larger quantities. This can be site specific.
- The candidate must check the equipment before it is used.
- Refer to Assessor Bulletin No 1 regarding the use of COSHH documents during the assessment.
- Provide the candidate with a minimum of 3 scenarios which they can prepare chemical solutions for. See examples below (the assessor can make up and provide their own scenarios):-
- Can you please prepare a chemical solution for mopping a corridor which is lightly soiled
- Can you please prepare a chemical solution for spray buffing a corridor
- Can you please prepare a chemical solution for damp wiping kitchen worktops which are heavily soiled
- Can you please prepare a chemical solution for cleaning washroom furniture
- Use the dilution rate found on the container
- Always follow manufacturer’s instructions
- The candidate should use a dilution chart without prompting from the Assessor. Your Verifier can provide you with examples.
- When using a dilution chart and pelican pump together, the candidate must ensure the pelican pump matches the dose used on the dilution chart.
- Stop the assessment if the candidate breaches any health and safety point.
- Candidate must ensure that the trigger spray bottle is clean and the trigger spray is flushed through before and after use.
- Where non-disposable colour coded personal protective equipment is available and used, this should be cleaned after use.
- Where a wall mounted dispensing machine or smart dose container is used, indicate this on the marking sheet.
Don’ts
- The candidate cannot be assisted by the assessor or any third person when selecting the correct chemical, PPE, equipment or dilution rate during the assessment.
- The candidate cannot use the cap of the container to measure the chemical, unless the manufacturer provides that as a specific instruction.
- The candidate cannot use, quarter, half or three-quarter pumps of a pelican pump, unless the manufacturer provides that as a specific instruction. The pump dispenser should be as specified by the manufacturer.
- Do not alter the dilution rate.
By following these simple instructions and the instructions found on the MU1 assessment card, the candidate will be required to make the decision on what chemical, PPE, dilution rate and colour coded equipment/materials to use.

- Where the sluice room does have a wall mounted dispensing machine or smart dose container is used, then this can be incorporated in the assessment as stated above. We recognise that whilst organisations may have access to these methods of dilution, the Institute is seeking a broader understanding of options for the dilution of chemicals. In the case of a wall mounted dispensing machine becoming temporarily unavailable, cleaning operatives will still have an understanding of using the manual methods of measuring.
- During Chemical Competence assessment, the candidate will be required to dilute the cleaning agent into a minimum of three different containers and in no more than 1 of the 3 dilutions should a wall mounted dispensing machine or smart dose container be used.

*MU1 Chemical Competence refers to CPSS; however the instructions in this Assessor Bulletin apply to AA1 Chemical Competence in COPC, FPCC and HPCC.

Authorised by
Pat O’Mara
Head of Group Operations

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